Based on Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” speech, Natural Shocks is a 65-minute, one-woman tour-de-force play that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. Her story—and the secret she reveals—puts the reality of guns in America front and center. Natural Shocks is part confessional, part stand-up, and part reckoning.

$30 General tickets: includes admission for the staged reading and the post-show Q&A with Lauren Gunderson.

$60 VIP tickets: includes access to a VIP pre-show reception with Lauren Gunderson, admission to the staged reading and post-show Q&A, PLUS a private selfie session with Lauren Gunderson after the Q&A. Premiere Center Section VIP seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Produced as part of the inaugural Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival
March - May, 2020

Inspired by the success of similar events, the 2-year Women's Voices Festival in Washington DC and the ongoing Women's Theatre Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina (where her play The Lady Scribblers was featured), playwright and director Michaela Goldhaber is leading several members of the “Yeah, I Said Feminist” Theater Salon in organizing the first Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival in spring 2020.

Throughout March, April & May 2020, the baWTF will feature full length theater productions, two readings series and a 24-hour performance marathon (AMPLIFY! April 18-19, 2020) showcasing work written by, directed by and done by women+ and non-binary artists.

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Performance Schedule

  • Lobby open at 6:00 PM for all general and VIP ticket holders
  • VIP Pre-show reception in the Lieberman Rehearsal Hall at 6:30 PM**
  • Reading w/ Lauren in the Boyer starting at 7:30 PM
  • Post-reading Q&A in the Boyer
  • VIP selfies back in the Lieberman Rehearsal Hall following the Q&A**

**for VIP ticket holders only


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Ticket Prices

Performance Center
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General 30.00 30.00

$30 General tickets: includes admission for the staged reading and the post-show Q&A with Lauren Gunderson.

$60 VIP tickets: includes access to a VIP pre-show reception with Lauren Gunderson, admission to the staged reading and post-show Q&A, PLUS a private selfie session with Lauren Gunderson after the Q&A. Premiere Center Section VIP seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Discounts

There are no discounts available for this event.


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Cast

  • Lauren Gunderson

    Lauren Gunderson

    Angela

    Lauren Gunderson (she/her/hers) is the most produced living playwright in America of 2016, winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned and premiered at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), Marin Theatre Co (I and You), The Denver Center (The Book of Will), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), San Francisco Playhouse (Bauer), and many more. Her work is published at Playscripts, Dramatists, and Samuel French (Emilie). Her children's book “Blast Off To The Moon! Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog" comes out next May. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.

    Lauren Gunderson is in residence with MTC through of the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.

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Creative Team

  • Lauren Gunderson

    Lauren Gunderson

    Playwright

    Lauren Gunderson (she/her/hers) is the most produced living playwright in America of 2016, winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned and premiered at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), Marin Theatre Co (I and You), The Denver Center (The Book of Will), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), San Francisco Playhouse (Bauer), and many more. Her work is published at Playscripts, Dramatists, and Samuel French (Emilie). Her children's book “Blast Off To The Moon! Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog" comes out next May. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.

    Lauren Gunderson is in residence with MTC through of the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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